Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BCRR This Week, April 21 through 28, 2014


BCRR Birthdays This Week: Bob Brown (April 21), Greg Baker (April 21), Chintan Desai (April 22) and Anna-Maria Levy (April 24).  
* = New age group


We had great weather and a big turnout at the Sixth Semi-Annual BCRR Croquet Extravaganza on Sunday at Memorial Park.  Congratulations to the following BCRR members who :

Top Gun/Golden Mallet Winner:  Jason Burris
Best Dressed: Sam McMurtury
Sportsmanship Award : John Philbrick

Thanks to David Piper for once again organizing this popular event. 


Nominations for the next BCRR Board will be held at Valhalla on Wednesday night. Do you love BCRR? Consider spending a year on the board. It is a rewarding opportunity to make an impact on the club and to see all of the pieces that come together to make this club successful. 

Nominations so far for this year include:

President: Lisa Thompson
Vice President: Heidi Zimmerman
Secretary: Susan Cita and Andrew Young
Treasurer: Susan Cita and Andrew Young
At Large: Peter Griffiths, June Harris, Kathi Mahon and Terry Fanning

Election results will be announced at the Awards Banquet on May 28th.


Thanks to Cheryl Verlander and Chuck Bracht for once again hosting "Cocktails in the Courtyard" after the City Classic 10K in New Orleans on Saturday.


Do you want to run next January's Chevron Houston Marathon but do not qualify based on time or number of marathons completed?  Are you a current HARRA member?  If not you should be.  HARRA is now taking applications for HARRA members to secure access to early registration to the Chevron Houston Marathon.  In previous years HARRA has been able to accommodate all qualified members.  Details are at www.harra.org.  It is simple to apply, just click the link to the online application.  When you apply, we encourage you to renew your membership for another year as it expires end June.  We have opened discounted early renewal.  After you submit your free order for the HARRA 500, simply click "Place another order" and you will be able to renew your membership for $22.50 individual and $33.50 family.


Beach to Bay Marathon Relay (May 17, 2014): BCRR's annual road trip and weekend get-away - get on the ball and organize your team!  http://www.beachtobayrelay.com/

Since 1976, runners and fun-seekers have flocked to Corpus Christi, Texas to run the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. To many runners, the annual event has become a tradition throughout the State of Texas.

Beach to Bay has grown to be the largest relay marathon in the United States. Attracting runners from all over the U.S. as well as Kenya, England and Mexico. Approximately 2,600 teams totaling over 16,000 runners compete each year.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is a six-person relay running event that totals 26.2 miles of beach, pavement, a little sweat, an occasional tear and a bunch of smiles. Beginning on the sands of North Padre Island, winding through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and ending at McCaughan Park along Corpus Christi’s scenic Shoreline Drive, the course is divided into six-legs of roughly 4.4 miles each. Always held on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day, B2B proudly honors the men and women serving in our United States Military.

For those people who are first time Beach to Bay Participants, the BCRR teams usually stay at the Gulfstream Condominiums conveniently located right near the start of the race! The apartments are quite nice and are comfortable for 4-6 people.   Reserve now!!  Gas grills are available on site and many of the BCRR condos share a mixed grill on Saturday evening after the race. The Jacuzzi is always an interesting place to hang out.  The website for the facilities is: http://gulfstreamcondos.com/gulfstream/home.htm

The Gulfstream
14810 Windward Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
(361) 949-8061

Toll Free Reservations:

WIFI Available



BCRR Awards Banquet, May 28th at St. Arnold's Brewery.  Come and celebrate BCRR's 30th Anniversary with great beer, barbecue special guests and special collectors party favor for attendees.   This years Banquet will be limited to the first 100 members and guests that RSVP, details to follow. 

This is the time we give recognition to our members for running achievements, volunteer efforts, and elect next year's board of directors. The event will take place at the St. Arnold's Brewery located at 200 Lyons Avenue.

Admission to the Banquet is only $15 (only $10 if your volunteered for the Jingle Bell Run, Rockets Run or Darling Dash).   Admission includes a barbecue beef brisket or chicken dinner with potato salad, barbecue beans, green salad, bread, desert and of course all of the St. Arnold's beers or root beer on tap.  For vegetarians we will have a baked potato with vegetarian chili.  Soft drinks, tea and water also available but Please no outside alcohol allowed.

Happy Hour (April 25, 2014, 6:30pm): Alabama Ice House, 1919 West Alabama Street

Houston Area Running Calendar (All official HARRA Races shown in purple)

This is a free HARRA-sponsored low-key cross country run that meets every Tuesday in April at 6pm.  These races are free and vary from 3 to 5 miles.
22: Ho Chi Minh, Memorial Park
29: Ho Chi Minh, Memorial Park
Questions? Contact  Roger Boak
23:   L/P Run (Rice University) www.terlinguatrackclub.org

10:   Bayou Bash: The Bayou Bash Relay has been called off this year.  A venue is not available.  
17:   Beach to Bay Relay (Corpus Christi) http://www.beachtobayrelay.com/


Wednesday at Rice University: Every Wednesday evening we meet at 5:45 at Rice University (run leaves at 6 pm sharp!). All levels are welcome. And the best part is the cheap beer at Valhalla afterwards. Parking is available at First Christian Church/School (1628 Rice Boulevard).
Friday Hills at Mount Bacon (Tanglewood):Join us for this weekly run from St. Martins Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road to Mount Bacon. We meet in the church parking lot at the corner of Sage Road and Woodway Drive at 5:30 am. We have a 1.3 mile warm-up run to Mount Bacon and do 2 to 4 miles of hills with a 1.3 mile run back to the church.
Sunday Long Run (Memorial Park, 6:30 AM): Join us for the weekly long run from Memorial Park zero-mile marker. We leave promptly at 6:30 and members typically run between 10 and 15 miles.   Afterwards stop by for coffee at Starbucks on Memorial Drive near the park.


REPORT YOUR RACE RESULTS We want to know what our members are doing on the roads and/or trails. Send all your results to us at (bcrr.results@gmail.com) before the 20th day of the month and we’ll make sure they hit the next newsletter.


WORD FROM THE BIRD wants to hear from you.  Feel free to contribute with any interesting running material you want to see in the newsletter.  The bird is always on the lookout for entertaining run/race reports, how-to/technical articles, editorials, and photos. Just submit your story to bcrr.news@gmail.com or thatsjoesmail@yahoo.com.  The Deadline for consideration to the next newsletter is always the 10th day of the month.


Your BCRR Board!!! 
Are you stressed, sore, or do you just need a relaxing massage? Contact Peter Blackwell, LMT, a BCRR-affiliated massage therapist. Call (832) 248-2339 and let him know you're a BCRR member when you book your appointment.


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